If you are experiencing problems with your electric water heater, the professionals at East End Plumbing can inspect your hot water heater and determine whether it's worth repairing, or if replacement may be smarter. If your electric water heater runs out of hot water or isn't delivering hot water at all, give us a call!
We provide free estimates in Jenison, Grand Rapids, Allendale and nearby for water heater repair and replacement. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Most electric water heaters are tank-type models that share the same basic anatomy. Electric heating elements inside the tank serve as the heat source for the stored water. A thermostat controls current to the heating elements to maintain water temperature between 120 and 140 degrees. Hot water leaves the tank through a pipe at the top of the tank. Cold water enters the tank through another pipe. A sacrificial anode is installed inside the tank to help minimize corrosion on other parts of the system. A relief valve in the tank wall is designed to open if internal pressure or temperature exceeds safe levels. A drain valve at the bottom of the tank allows accumulated sediment to be drained periodically. All new tank-type water heaters have insulation covering the tank to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency.
On average, an electric, tank-type water heater will last 10-15 years. Basic maintenance and (in some cases) occasional repairs will help prolong the heater’s life and improve its performance, too. To understand what maintenance and repairs are often necessary, it helps to know what can go wrong with an electric water heater.
It’s not always easy to decide whether to repair an older water heater or replace the unit with a newer model. To avoid problems with this critical appliance, contact the experts at East End Plumbing. Our technicians provide free water heater inspections and estimates for all recommended water heater repairs, maintenance and replacements. Plus we have access to the best new ENERGY STAR® electric water heaters available. Give us a call or contact us online to meet with us!
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